Editorial: Sugar Grove Public Library experiences exciting times

By on August 5, 2010

It is an exciting period of time for the Sugar Grove Public Library and its supporters.

During the Corn Boil festivities on July 24, Sugar Grove Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes was named the 2010 Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year. And on Saturday, Aug. 7, the library will host its first “birthday” party, complete with ice cream sundaes, games, and plenty of children’s activities.

Hughes’ selection for the Citizen of the Year Award came after nearly 40 Sugar Grove residents sent in nomination forms on her behalf. The high number of nominations for her is likely due to her wide-ranging involvement in the community for the past 20 years.

It is unusual, but fitting in this case, that someone residing in North Aurora earned that distinction in Sugar Grove.

Hughes has provided leadership and assistance to numerous organizations in Sugar Grove, ranging from the Sugar Grove Corn Boil Committee, to the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to other residents’ groups like the Park District Garden Club and Sugar Grove Library Friends.

Essentially, whenever a group has need help to raise funds or pull off a project, chances are Hughes has been there, pitching in, lending a hand, and if need be, leading.

For example, in her role as library director, she was instrumental in the library’s move a year ago to its new facility at 125 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove.

The public can celebrate the first anniversary of that move, at Saturday’s party from noon to 1:15 p.m. The event is free and sponsored by the Sugar Grove Library Friends, The Book Nook Cafe and library volunteers.